Update November 21: In the state finals for the 200 freestyle, Mamaroneck’s Kelly Johanson placed 6th in Federation and 5th for public high schools. In the 500 free, she was : 5th in Federation and 3rd for public high schools.
Update November 20: The Mamaroneck School district is reporting that Kelly Johanson made it through the preliminary heats on Friday, November 20 and will move to the state finals on Saturday in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events. Check back for further news and read below about Kelly’s perfect record in the regular season.
Originally Published on November 19: For the second consecutive year, Larchmont swimmer Kelly Johanson goes into the New York State championships undefeated – in either regular season or sectional competition. (See: 2008 – Larchmont Swimmer is Sole MHS Athlete With A Chance at States.)
She’s also managed to break Mamaroneck High School records with times of 1.52 in the 200 yard freestyle and 4.57 in the 500 free. At Sectionals this year, she clocked 4:58.97 in the 500, which qualifies her again for All-American consideration.
She has been swimming with the varsity since 7th grade. A junior, she just turned 16 last Saturday.
“Kelly is an extremely hard working young girl, who has been striving to become an outstanding swimmer for many years,” said Cathleen Ferguson, her coach. “She has a great chance for her hard work to pay off this weekend because she is ranked #1 in the 500 yard freestyle and #5 in the 200 yard freestyle for this weekend’s NY State championship meet.”
On Thursday morning, November 19, Kelly was on the bus to Rochester, where qualifying prelims begin on Friday in anticipation of the championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Last year, fighting the flu, Kelly placed 6th in the 200 yard freestyle and 10th in the 500 at the state level. This year, she’s healthy, reported her mom, Lucy Johanson, “and we’re hoping she stays that way.”
Hard Working – and Loving It
Kelly keeps up her pace with twice daily workouts at least five times a week, typically diving in the pool at 6 am. “Most people ask me if I get sick of swimming all the time, but I really don’t,” she told Jeffrey Eisenband, reporter for the Mamaroneck High School newspaper, The Globe. “I love everything about it.”
As for competition, she said, “I like the adrenaline rush you get while swimming a race, and it’s great exercise.”